What file do I need to have a preloader?
Posted on 2009-02-19
I am distributing updates to my users on a network through regular .bat files, some of the updating procedures take quite some time.
In the meantime, the user doesn´t "see" anything happening (running in the background, only the occasional "black system window" that flashes)
I need them to sit tight and wait...because they don´t see any "action" they start clicking around, opening other work files and interrupt the process.
My idea for a possible solution is to distribute an pre-loader file (just some box, form that shows a graphical "progress bar" - even if it is fake - so they understand there is something going on).
How could I accomplish this? My first thought was to use an .swf file, but it does not play on PCs without Flash player. Also, I need this file to run outside the Browser...can I run the .swf file as a "standalone" file?
What else could I use as a solution?
Thanks for suggestions.